Palma de Mallorca, Spain — Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron sprinted to eighth at Sunday’s opening race of the Iberostar Challenge Ciclista Mallorca.
The Iberostar Challenge Ciclista Mallorca is a set of four single day races around the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca. Team Novo Nordisk’s roster for Sunday’s Trofeo Palma included Stephen Clancy, Ruud Cremers, Nicolas Lefrancois, David Lozano, Javier Megias, Andrea Peron, Charles Planet, Thomas Raeymaekers and Martijn Verschoor.
Three Team Novo Nordisk riders made their debut with the professional squad at the race: Cremers, Planet and Lefrançois. Cremers spent two years with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad while Planet and Lefrançois rode briefly as stagiaires with the squad last year before signing with the professional team.
Following the race, Cremers said it was a learning experience that he’s eager to continue.
“I was trying to get into the breakaway today, but with a race at this elite of a level, I learned I need to have more experience,” Cremers recapped. “I’m looking forward to the next races so I can continue gaining experience. I want to perform at my best these next few days, and we’ll see what the future brings.”
Sunday’s Trofeo Palma was a 10-lap circuit race totaling 116 km. Approximately 30 km into the race, a five-man group escaped and built a lead of 50 seconds before being brought back 15 km from the finish. A sprint finish ensued and Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron finished eighth behind race winner Sacha Modolo (Lampre- Merida). The 25-year-old Italian sprinter earned 14 top 10 finishes for Team Novo Nordisk in 2013, including podiums at the Tour de Beauce and Tour of China.
“My legs felt okay today and to be honest I’m angry because I know I could have finished higher if I had started my sprint in a better position. Tomorrow, I’ll try again,” Peron lamented. “No matter what, I’m proud to have earned the team a top 10 finish at our first European race; it shows just how far we’ve come since last year.”
The world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team continues racing at the Iberostar Challenge Ciclista Mallorca on Monday with the 183-km rolling Trofeo Ses Salines-Campos-Santanyi.